Small Business Development Center

For more information contact
Small Business Development Center
at Clovis Community College
Dr. Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Director
Gordon Smith, Business Specialist
Dianna Thompson, Marketing Specialist

417 Schepps Boulevard
Clovis, New Mexico 88101-8381
Phone: 575.769.4136
Fax: 575.769.4135

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. By Appointment Only

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SBDC-CCC Mission
"We are committed to providing quality direct assistance, entrepreneurial education, and resource links for potential and existing small business to strengthen the economy of Curry, DeBaca, and Roosevelt Counties New Mexico."

What can the SBDC do for you
We offer business advising, training/education, resource materials & referrals for anyone interested in beginning, improving or expanding a small business.

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2013 Success Client

Lectra-Tech, LLC
Arlin Nightingale and Tristan Schmidt

"An Electrifying Operation"

The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College has chosen Lectra-Tech, LLC as their 2013 Success Client.

Arlin Nightingale and Tristan Schmidt own and operate Lectra-Tech, LLC, an electrical contractor and service business in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. The business was formerly Lectra-Tech, Inc. and it had a long history in the community. Arlin Nightingale, then a key employee, began planning to buy the business when the son of the original owner decided to sell. He met with the Clovis SBDC in 2009 to begin work on his business plan. Arlin acquired a parcel of land on US Highway 60-70-84 just east of Clovis. He applied for an SBA loan at Bank of Clovis and submitted his business plan Christmas Eve 2009. The loan was approved and a new metal building was built to house the operation the following spring. Lectra-Tech, LLC was formed in February 2011. Tristan Schmidt, also a former employee, purchased an interest in the company in January 2013. Lectra-Tech, LLC currently has five employees.

Arlin increased the customer-base through networking, leads and personal contacts. The transition to new ownership went smoothly as the majority of previous customers knew Arlin and Tristan. The company added several significant customers including The Rose Point Subdivision and The College Park Subdivision. They are performing maintenance and new installations for two large customers in Clovis - Quality Liquid Feeds Inc. and Southwest Cheese LLC. Arlin established contacts with developers of alternative energy projects in New Mexico and West Texas. Lectra-Tech, LLC is expecting a surge in activity with the Tres Amigas, LLC power superstation building in Clovis.

Arlin recognized what they needed to accomplish to move the business forward. Arlin had stated, "To me, one of the most significant items in the process was the strategic plan. I didn't want to just take over the business; I wanted to see it expand." Arlin also said, "The SBDC {Clovis} explained the process in detail and provided me with guidelines. I started meeting with Gordon Smith and over several sessions we wrote a very comprehensive business plan. I was able to get an SBA guaranteed loan and the SBDC {Clovis} has been very instrumental in the success of our business."

Future successes will continue for Lectra-Tech, LLC as they build its reputation by being the premier provider of electrical service for irrigation wells and sprinkler systems. Arlin continues to develop that aspect of the business and is expanding its reach as evidenced by the completion a large water line project near Pecos, Texas. The company has expanded its services to include industrial maintenance and counts Southwest Cheese among its commercial clients.

The SBDC specializes in individual advising, offering services paid for by the State of New Mexico and Small Business Administration (SBA) in a confidential environment.
  • Business Start-Up and Acquisition Issues
  • Sources of capital
  • Basic bookkeeping/accounting review and training
  • Computer assistance
  • Assistance with marketing plans and research
  • Information about government procurement opportunities
  • Information and referrals
  • Business workshops and conferences
    • Financing Resources
    • Taxes
    • Legal Issues
    • Home-Based Business
    • E-Commerce
    • Licenses
Business Resource Partners

Business Resources

Local Lending Partners
  • American Heritage Bank
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Clovis
  • Citizens Bank of Clovis
  • Citizens Bank of Texico
  • James Polk Stone Community Bank
  • NM Bank & Trust
  • NM Bank & Trust - Melrose
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Western Bank